tv CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor CBS January 31, 2018 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
tonight. captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: a deadly collision. an amtrak train carrying dozens of republican members of congress slams into a truck at a crossing. we are on the scene. >> it seems to have been a horrible, horrible accident. >> glor: also tonight, four days before the super bowl, fears that the catch of the game could be the flu. he was in the spotlight at the state of the union. now a north korean defector tells his story to david martin. a killer whale's dead-on impression. >> hello! >> glor: will an electric hog fly? and just outside d.c., footprints from b.c.. >> reporter: that could be a dinosaur track on there? >> yeah. even from 90 feet away, i guess
i can smell them. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: good evening. it was quite a scare today for dozens of republican members of congress. they were on their way to a policy retreat in west virginia when their train hit a truck at a crossing. about 125 miles southwest of washington. those who were able sprung into action to hospital injured. julianna goldman is on the scene in crow. in crosecret, virginia.>>an amk on the tracks this morning. arizona senator jeff flake was on board. >> we were going at a pretty good speed, and all of a sudden i heard, obviously, a loud crash and felt an impact and everybody around was kind of thrown around the train car. >> reporter: many of the lawmakers, including house speaker paul ryan, were traveling with their families en route to a luxury resort in
beferg fair three-day retreat. they immediately tweeted out details of the crash and photos, showing wreckage from the truck and damage to the train's engine. >> the closer you were, the more of an impact it was. it did derail, the engine, the car, but it's-- it still took us a while to stop. >> reporter: inside the train, injuries were not life threatening. one lawmaker described colleagues prying open doors and jumping off the train. but outside, it was a different scene. flake other and lawmakers rushed to help the injured. congressman roger marshall of kansas, a doctor, performed c.p.r. on one of the truck's passengers, but he could not be revived. >> i think that, you know, someone died, someone's in a serious situation, very seriously ill, i think we did everything we can do. so, you know, we'll pray for their families. >> reporter: several lawmakers were seen carrying one of the victims from the crash site.
for congressman brad wenstrup, it was the second time in a year he had put his army field surgeon training to use. last june, it was wenstrup who administered first aid to congressman steve scalise, when he was severely injured in a shooting. >> if you watched what happened and what took place today, everyone knew they had a role, and everyone knew what they should be doing and took a role in trying to save a life, from c.p.r. to the one gentleman, to controlling expwhreegd maintaining airways. >> reporter: in addition to the one fatality, six were injured and taken to local hospitals. minnesota congressman jason lewis was evaluated for concussion symptoms. >> no one was braced for the impact so that was probably the most startling impact of it. >> reporter: hours after the accident, the train was able to take lawmakers to nearby charlottesville, where they were transferred to buses for the greenbrier resort in west virginia. some lawmakers said they had to
convince security to let them off the train so they could hospital injured here at the crash site. their retreat is going on as planned with a moment of prayer added to honor the victims. jeff. >> glor: julianna goldman tonight. julianna, thank you. the president is still considering whether to release a classified memo about the russian investigation written by the chairman of the house intelligence commit. republicans want it out. today, the f.b.i. strongly advised against it. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: in a rare statement, the f.b.i. pushed back hard against the memo being released. "we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact," the statement resident, "that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy." >> on the national security front. >> reporter: it was a stinging challenge to president trump by christopher wray, his handpicked f.b.i. director. monday night, wray and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein met chief of staff john kelly at the white house to argue against the release of the memo.
the four-page document, authorized by republican congressman devin nunes, alleges abuses by the f.b.i. and d.o.j. when seeking a surveillance warrant of a trump campaign official. nunes asserted today, "it's clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an american political campaign." democrats accuse nunes and the white house of distorting the facts in the review in order to discredit special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation. adam schiff is the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee. what do you think the goal is here? the goal of it is to provide a misleading impression to the country that benefits the president, that protects the president, that casts doubt on the investigation and the f.b.i. >> reporter: last night, as he was leaving the state of the union speech, the president said he was committed to making the memo public.
>> reporter: white house and national security officials are reviewing whether to block the memo's release, but john kelly said today he expects it to be released pretty quick. jeff. >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you very much. another prominent republican congressman is retiring. trey gowdy of south carolina who chairs the overnight committee said today he will not run for a fifth term. gowdy is best known for the benghazi investigation. 21 republicans are not running for re-election. in the state of the union last night, the president called for a $1.5 trillion to fix the nation's crumbling infrastructure. much of the money would come from private companies. but laws in several states, including tennessee, present some roadblocks. for more on this, here's transportation correspondent cleave cleave, along a bumpy stretch of i-440 in nashville. >> reporter: interstate 440 is the road nashville residents complain about most. >> it's like riding on a dirt road. >> it can rattle your teeth.
>> reporter: what makes 440 so bad? >> everything. >> reporter: it's a pothole-laden, roughly seven-mile stretch of decades-old concrete linking three freeways. the state plans to spend about $100 million to rebuild and expand 440 starting this summer. it's part of a $10 billion backlog of infrastructure projects statewide. >> it just needs to be worked on. >> reporter: nationally, u.s. infrastructure earns a d-plus, according to the american society of civil engineers. at least $2 trillion is needed over the next decade to keep pace. >> it's also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. ( applause ) >> reporter: president trump is calling for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that would likely redirect $200 billion in existing funds from amtrak and transit programs, while calling for hundreds of billions more from cities, states, and the private sector. but private investment requires projects that make money, like toll roads, which are typically in urban areas. >> to think we can do this with just $200 billion over 10 years
from the federal government is just not address the issue. >> reporter: 15 states don't allow such private investment in projects, and in tennessee, toll roads are illegal. also, the state doesn't borrow money to build infrastructure, and the trump plan is expected to favor loans, which has officials here concerned. state transportation commissioner john schroer. >> since they're look at public-private partnerships and lempling federal dollars, we won't be a player in that. >> reporter: tennessee is one of at least 26 states that's raised its gas tax in the last few years to pay for infrastructure projects, like the work on 440. president trump's plan isn't expected to go to congress for another couple of weeks so the details could change, but it's already facing strong opposition from democrats. kris van cleef, cbs news, nashville. >> glor: one of the most powerful moments in the president's address last night came when a young man stood and proudly waved the crutches he used during a perilous escape
from north korea. today, david martin met him one on one. >> reporter: president trump used ji seong-ho's anguished journey to highlight the cruelty of the north korean regime and make the case that it must not be allowed to build a nuclear arsenal. >> we need only look at the depraved character of the north korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat. it could pose to america and to our allies. >> reporter: ji grew up in north korea during a horrendous famine in the 1990s. >> ( translated ): i saw tens of thousands of people dying out of hunger. >> reporter: he has told his story in speeches and videos distributed by human rights groups around the world. >> i have not eaten for several days. i run up to a moving coal train and pulled myself aboard to scavenge coal for money to feed our family. i blacked out. when i opened my eyes, the train had passed over my left leg, and
it was hanging from the rest of my body. >> reporter: at the hospital, there was no anesthesia. >> ( translated ): they ended up amputating my left fingers and my left leg. >> reporter: using those crutches, ji escaped across china in 2006 and last night appeared before the largest audience of his life. >> ( translated ): i once lived as a beggar in north korea, but now i am in the capital of the united states as a guest to president trump. >> reporter: ji's will to survive is worth remembering as president trump and kim jong-un trade threats. north korea's military may be badly out-classed, but its people are used to hardship. in fact, a u.s. army study says "due to the tough life north korean people already endure, the ravages of war would not have the same effect that military conflict would cause most other countries." jeff. >> glor: david martin, thank you very much. before the philadelphia eagles and the new england patriots take the field this sunday, the
super bowl host city is getting a super-sanitized scrub-down to tackle the flu virus. jamie yuccas is in minneapolis. >> two, one, slime! >> reporter: one million people are expected to take part in super bowl activities in minneapolis this week, and with them, lots of germs. >> there you go! >> reporter: organizers are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of flu. across the n.f.l. experience, workers are busy disinfecting and wiping down equipment multiple times a day. >> i'm not a person to live in fear, so we decided to come. but i have two older kids, and i told them, you know, wash your hands and don't touch things and have hand sanitizer," so, yeah. meanwhile, he's touching everything, right? >> these organizations can be transferred from hand to surface. >> reporter: public health researchers john hanlin works for ecolab, a hygiene technology
company. he says his team was hired by the majority of hotels and restaurants six months ago to ensure visitors stay healthy. so you teach your customers that they've got to be clean on these surfaces none stop. >> exactly. they've got to be cleaning them several times a day. but not only, that they've got to be using the right disinfectant. >> reporter: but the increased threat isn't just here in minneapolis. researchers have found cities that have teams in the super bowl, like boston and philadelphia, have an 18% increased risk of flu-related death for people over 64. >> you have more chance... epidemiologist mike osterholm also says fans are upping their odds of contracting the flu if they do go to the game. >> think of influenza almost leak a lottery. so if in a normal day you only come in contact with 10 people, that's one chance. if you come in contact with 100 or 1,000, you just upped your chances that much more. >> reporter: and the super bowl isn't just about the 65,000 people attending the game. it's also about events like this one in downtown minneapolis,
where crowds will come every single day of the week leading up to the big game. add in air travel, and your chances of getting the flu just go up, jeff. >> reporter: jamie yuccas, thank you very much. federal prosecutors said today they will not retry new jersey senator bob menendez for corruption. the democrat's trial ended in a hung jury in the fall. last week, the judge threw out some of the bribery charges he had faced. menendez plans to seek a third term in the fall. now to some other stories we're following in the evening newsfeed. dr. brenda fitzgerald resigned today as director of the center for disease control and prevention. this comes a day after politico reported fitzgerald bought and sold stock in japan tobacco while running the public health agency. cbs news has learned the trump administration is expected to discontinue special protections for syrians who fled the civil war. about 7,000 will be allowed to remain this this country for another year and a half, but no new application will be
accepted. in michigan, more victims confronted former gymnastic doctor larry nassar today at his third and final sentencing hearing for sexually abusing young patients. he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. nassar's accusers now number 265. there is much more ahead on tonight's cbs evening news. >> reporter: we already knew whales talked to each other in whale speak. but we didn't know they could speak like us. >> hello. >> hello. ♪ ♪ >> glor: harley davidson shifts gears, rolling out an electric car. >> reporter: it's an extraordinary find on this one rock. more than 70 footprints of dinosaurdinosaurs and mammals. not jurassic park, it's parkinson's. when you saw this your excitement was where on a 10-point scale? >> oh, about 11. do what i did. ask your doctor about humira.
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hunter, made a major discovery-- not in some remote wilderness, but right here in the maryland suburbs of washington, d.c., on the grounds of the goddard space flight center. it was the dinosaur age meets the space age. >> exactly. >> reporter: and what did you find? >> well, i am looking down on the most beautiful track of i have ever seen. >> reporter: right alongside, the tracks of its baby. when you first saw this, your excitement level was where on a 10-point scale? >> about 11. >> reporter: martin lockley, a dinosaur track expert from the university of colorado has spent hundreds of hours analyzing this rock. >> there are at least about 70 clearly identified tracks. >> reporter: he believes all these traction may have been made in a matter of hours, just a typical day, 110 million years ago. >> and there are all these small traction. there's a little one going here-- one, two, three, four, five-- walking around and that's a chicken- or crow-sized carnivorous dinosaur. >> reporter: in fact, there were four of them walking slowly
in the same direction, apparently hunting for small mammals whose tracks are also clearly visible. it's one of the densest concentrations of dinosaurs and mammals ever found, and today, the extraordinary findings were publishepublished in "scientific reports." so we've got the two experts. let's go take a look. after our interviews, stanford and lockley decided to check out another rock in the same area, and guess what? >> they think it is. >> here's a toe here, and here and here and here. >> reporter: another ancient footprint. they didn't seem surprised. they say they're everywhere. you just have to know where to look. chip reid, cbs news, greenbelt, maryland. >> glor: that is the cbs evening news tonight. i'm jeff glor. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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